Stuart Davis (American, 1892-1964)
Gloucester Harbor, 1917
Watercolor on paper, sheet size 7 1/2 x 10 5/8 in. (19.1 x 27.0 cm), framed (without glass).
Condition: Some toning. Provenance: The artist; Metropolitan Storage Co. auction, New York, ca. 1935; [Robert Abels, New York, until at least 1972]; (?); Nancy Moore Polan, Huntington, West Virginia after 1972; estate of Nancy Polan [Joanna Sexton, New York, 2003]; to present owner, 2003, New York, New York. Literature: Boyajian, Ani and Mark Rutkoski. Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007) 496, entry #1025.
N.B. Stuart Davis first visited Gloucester in 1915 at the urging of his friend and mentor, the artist John Sloan. His first impressions of Gloucester are often quoted because they capture his zeal so well: "... [Gloucester] was the place I had been looking for. It had the brilliant light of Provincetown, but with the important additions of topographical severity and the architectural beauties of the Gloucester schooner…I went to Gloucester every year, with few exceptions, until 1934, and often stayed late into the fall. I wandered over the rocks, moors, and docks, with a sketching easel, large canvases, and a pack on my back, looking for things to paint." (1)
1) Wilkin, Karen. Stuart Davis in Gloucester. West Stockbridge: Hard Press, Inc., 1999. Pg. 17.